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No doubt comparisons will be drawn to another female Mexican music icon gone before her time — Selena. But I see as many, if not more, parallels with legendary Mexican singer Paquita la del Barrio, who also emerged from teen pregnancy and abuse with songs about survival, empowerment and, yes, romantic love. And in a world in which female entertainers are over-sexualized to sell records, Rivera never stopped being pure class: she embraced her curvaceous body, but always remained “La Diva de la Banda.” Fans adored her.


— Jasmine Garsd on Jenni Rivera, who died in an airplane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday morning in Toluca, west of Mexico’s capital
Photo: David Bergman/Getty Images

    No doubt comparisons will be drawn to another female Mexican music icon gone before her time — Selena. But I see as many, if not more, parallels with legendary Mexican singer Paquita la del Barrio, who also emerged from teen pregnancy and abuse with songs about survival, empowerment and, yes, romantic love. And in a world in which female entertainers are over-sexualized to sell records, Rivera never stopped being pure class: she embraced her curvaceous body, but always remained “La Diva de la Banda.” Fans adored her.

    — Jasmine Garsd on Jenni Rivera, who died in an airplane that crashed in the early hours of Sunday morning in Toluca, west of Mexico’s capital

    Photo: David Bergman/Getty Images